SANTA CLARA, Calif. – There are many things you can determine from a property listing – a home’s size, location, aesthetics, school districts and much more. However, there are some things you simply can’t see – such as how noisy or quiet a property may be.
But according to realtor.com, its new noise indicator feature provides reliable sound data down to the property level, calling it “another piece of valuable information they need to make confident buying decisions.”
Some consumer surveys have found noise to be an important aspect to many buyers after price, schools, commute and crime, and realtor.com says its noise indicator is a first-of-its-kind feature among national real estate search sites for property level readings. It says other providers only offer noise advice by neighborhood.
“Every homebuyer is different. Some people are at home in a bustling city, while others prefer the peace and quiet of a country farmhouse,” says Rachel Morley, senior vice president, product management, realtor.com. “With our new noise indicator, we can provide specific information about whether the property is near a freeway, an airport or a gas station and how that impacts sound levels. This information can help narrow the search and make sure that our users find a home that’s perfect for them.”
The noise tool works in two ways: First, each property will be assigned a noise rating – high, medium or low. Users will also be able to drill down into sources of noise near each property and view details on a heat map overlay that displays noise sources. The feature takes into account three sources of noise: traffic, airports and local sources like restaurants, gas stations, sports stadiums, schools and more.
These sources are combined to assign each property a rating, realtor.com says. Because the new tool can delineate noise levels down to the individual property level, homes in the same neighborhood may have different ratings based on proximity to major roads, hospitals or schools.
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